After transferring from Arkansas to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Jordan Danberry has received a waiver from the NCAA. This waiver allows her to play for the Bulldogs this season as a graduate student.
After playing six games for the Razorbacks, Danberry enrolled into Mississippi State in January 2017. Due to the transfer, she had to sit out the rest of the season according to NCAA transfer rules. She made her debut for the Bulldogs December 2017.
Jordan Danberry lost a year of eligibility without redshirting due to the transfer. With the waiver, she can now play this upcoming season as a graduate student.
While playing this season, Danberry will be working towards her master’s degree in business administration.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to play another year at Mississippi State while I work towards finishing my MBA,” Danberry declared in a statement to The Clarion Ledger. “This team means a lot to me, and I’m honored and excited to get back on the court. I’d like to thank the coaches and the compliance department for helping me, as well as the NCAA for granting me another year of eligibility.”
As a senior last season, the guard from Conway, Arkansas averaged 13.1 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Danberry played and started in all 36 games for Mississippi State last season.
In a statement released by the school, head coach Vic Schaefer said, “I’m really excited for Jordan and our basketball team today. I’m appreciative of our compliance staff for the job they did in presenting her case, and I appreciate the NCAA’s findings on this. I think it’s fair. Jordan has really only played two full seasons in her career. What she adds to this program, team and university is something really special. What a blessing it is to be able to get that fourth year and be able to play on the team we currently have. This instantly impacts our program as we continue to compete for championships.”
Danberry brings back a veteran presence at the point guard position for Mississippi State. She improved tremendously since her first year in the program. Danberry increased her scoring average by 10.3 points and was second on the team with 65 steals behind Jazzmun Holmes.
As an on-the-court decision maker, Danberry will be filling in the hole of the departure of Holmes. She was eighth in the SEC in assist/turnover ratio (1.47). Jordan Danberry, and Andrea Espinoza-Hunter will be the two lead guards for the Bulldogs this season. Again, Danberry will be critical this season as the point guard. She will be instrumental in guiding the attack of Mississippi State this season as they try to repeat as SEC champions and win the national championship.
One of the reasons Danberry will be critical for the Bulldogs is her play on the road. In away games, Danberry averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season. She also shot 55% from the field during road games last season for the Bulldogs.
Jordan Danberry will be important for Schaefer and the Lady Bulldogs this upcoming season. With her at the lead on the floor, Mississippi State will be formidable this season.
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